Sex and Gender An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0073405531

ISBN-13: 9780073405537

Edition: 6th 2008

Authors: Hilary M. Lips

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This is a comprehensive introduction to sex and gender theories, research, and issues, focusing on social psychological and feminist perspectives. The book examines the similarities and differences between women and men, discusses where that knowledge comes from, and explains how that knowledge may itself be shaped and limited by cultural perceptions. This new edition has been thoroughly revised with up-to-date research citations for all chapters and more current examples.
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List price: $116.34
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 7/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 696
Size: 7.30" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

Myths, Theories, and Research
Masculinity and Femininity: Myths and Stereotypes
Sex Stereotypes
Sex or Gender: More Than a Question of Terminology? “Sugar and Spice” or “Snips and Snails”: The Content of Gender Stereotypes
Beyond Personality Traits: The Many Faces of Gender Stereotypes
Different and Unequal? The Evaluative Aspects of Gender Stereotypes
Gender and Other Stereotypes: Race/Ethnicity, Class, Age, Appearance, Sexual Orientation, Disability
The Process of Stereotyping
How Gender Stereotypes and Prejudice Affect Us
Gender Stereotypes and the Research Process
Summary
Key Terms
Theoretical Perspectives on Sex and Gender
Early Theories About Sex and Gender
Psychoanalytic/Identification Theories
Social Structure/Cultural Theories of Gender
Evolutionary Theories of Gender
Biosocial Model
Social Learning Theory/Social Cognitive Theory
Cognitive Theories
Social Interaction Process Theories
Perspectives on Difference
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Researching Sex and Gender: Exploring the Whys and Hows
Asking Questions About Gender: Science and the Search for Truth
What Differences and Similarities Exist: Methods for Comparing the Sexes
Why Gender Differences Exist: Nature, Nurture, and the Interactionist Position
Biases and Pitfalls: Problems Encountered in the Study of Sex and Gender
Science and Androcentrism
A Transformational Psychology of Gender?
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Behavior & Experience: Female-Male Similiarities and Differences
Worlds Apart? Gender Differences in Social Behavior and Experience
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Gender Differences in Context
Gender Differences in Social Behavior: A Sampling of Current Findings
What Happened to the Differences?
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Biology and Environment: The Process of Becoming Female or Male
The Biological Process of Sexual Differentiation
Do Physical Sex Differences Have Implications for Behavior?
Gender-Roles: Variations in Normal Development
Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation
Summary
Key Terms
Perceptual and Cognitive Abilities: Gender Similarities and Differences
The Greater Male Variability Hypothesis
Gender Differences in Intellectual Performance
Explaining the Differences
Summary
Key Terms
Sexual Lives and Orientations
The Double Standard
The Physiology of Sexual Response
Sexual Activity
Explaining Gender Differences in Sexuality
Sexual Orientation
Sexuality and Power: Erotica, Pornography, and Coercive Sexuality
Summary
Key Terms
Hormonal and Reproductive Connections
The Menstrual Cycle
Hormones and the Male Experience
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Menopause
Summary
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Mental and Physical Health: Stress, Change, and Adaptations
Vulnerability and Strength
Gender and Physical Health
Women, Men, and Mental Illness
Gender and Mental Health
Summary
Key Terms
Sex and Gender in Social Relationships
Sex and Gender and Childhood: Constructing Gender
“Getting the Word”: Sources of Early Gender Learning
Constructing an Identity: The Relational and Individual Self
Friendship
Achievement
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Family and Friends: Attachment, Intimacy, and Power
Close Relationships in Adulthood
Marriage: The Intimate Economic Partnership
Women and Men as Parents
Summary
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Economic and Political Life: Power, Status, and Achievement
Where We Are Now: A Shortage of Women at the Top
Motivation: The Driving Force?
Defining Achievement and Power
Access to Resources
Resources, Strategies, and Political Power Power in Organizations and Institutions
Maintaining the Status Quo: How Hierarchies Perpetuate Themselves
Summary
Key Terms
Issues in the Workplace
Division of Labor by Sex
Sex Discrimination
Two Spheres in Contact: The Interaction of Family and Employment Issues
Work, Sexuality, and Power
Summary
Key Terms
Justice, Equity, and Social Change
Gender and Conceptions of Justice
Gender and the Law
Social Change: Justice for All?
Summary
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Epilogue
The Ties That Bind:
The Future of Sex and Gender
Glossary
References
Author Index I-1 Subject Index I-15 Credits C-1
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